Bug Safety Tips for Summer


It’s summer and the bugs are out! Here are some suggestions from the American Academy of Pediatrics to help make your summer bug-free.

  • Don’t use scented soaps, perfumes or hair sprays on your child.
  • Avoid areas where insects nest or congregate, such as stagnant pools of water, uncovered foods and profusely blooming flowers.
  • Avoid dressing your child in bright colors or flowery prints that may attract insects.
  • Avoid combination sunscreen/insect repellent products because sunscreen needs to be reapplied every two hours, but insect repellent should not be reapplied.
  • Use insect repellants containing DEET to prevent insect-related diseases, such as Lyme Disease, Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever and West Nile Virus.


The current American Academy of Pediatrics and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention  recommendations for children older than 2 months of age is to use 10-30 percent DEET. DEET should not be used on children younger than 2 months of age. The concentration of DEET varies significantly from product to product, so read the label of any product you purchase. Children should wash off repellents when they return indoors.

As an alternative to DEET, picaridin has become available in the U.S. in concentrations of 5-10 percent.

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